The year 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of VE Day, but this time around, celebrations are limited due to social distancing measures.

Residents in Lincoln enjoying VE day celebrations

Residents on Palmer Road in Lincoln were no different, decorating their houses and hosting their own celebrations during the day, despite the circumstances.

Sandra Ketch, who lives on Palmer road described the day as “an opportunity to be joyful and see your neighbours again, even if socially distanced.”

The plan for the day started with the two-minute silence, which was followed by a gathering of the residents outside their own houses for tea and scones, accompanied by music and drinks.

As the sun set, fireworks were set off to mark the occasion and a street-wide karaoke party took place.

VE day was used as an opportunity to lift the spirits of this community as well as shine some light on what is a difficult time for many. It was also a morale-boosting reminder that there have been times of great struggle in the past which were overcome, such as the six years of wartime Britain faced during World War Two. Mrs. Ketch continued: “All we’re being asked to do is follow some simple rules and stay at home, it puts it into perspective really.”

Sandra Ketch talking about VE day during the current Coronavirus crisis

While many celebrated VE day responsibly and stuck to social distance rules, there were a significant number of cases where people did not follow them. In Hitchin, Hertfordshire this was the case. Marc Rudd, a resident from Hitchin said: “the majority of people stuck to the guidelines, however, some people down my road let us down.”

The residents were seen meeting outside their houses and breaking the two-metre rule by coming into close contact. Circles of families were sat together during the day while celebrations were being held.

Marc Rudd talking about VE celebrations in his area

GOVERNMENT GUIDELINES REGARDING CORONAVIRUS:

  • Stay at home as much as possible
  • Work from home as much as you can
  • Limit contact with other people
  • Keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
  • Wash your hands regularly

May 8, 1945 was the day the war in Europe officially came to an end, following Germany’s surrender. This was named Victory in Europe day.

Britain paid respect to those who sacrificed their lives during the Second World War. A two-minute silence was observed and socially distanced street parties took place up and down the country.

More details on government advice surrounding coronavirus can be found HERE